Meditation opens up the smallest atom to the Infinite

Patanjali Yoga Sutra Knowledge Sheet 39

Continues from the previous Patanjali Yoga Sutra post on knowledge of sleep and dreams

Yathabhimatadhyanadwa’’

yatha = as per; abhimata = your appeal, choice; dhyanat = by meditation ; va = or

Many different types of meditations are there. In any one of these meditations, you can become one. There are many ways of meditation. Choose one - whichever suits you, whichever you like. Not that you do one today and another tomorrow and another, the day after and another, the other day. No. Take one and finish it and just stick on to it. Go with it. Take one path and go into one path. Not that today you are with one Master, the next day you are with another Master and the third day, you read another book. You will get so confused and worked up.

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All the ways are good, but take one way and go deep into it. Without critisizing others. Then you will be building up that one thing in you. Yathābhimata dhyānadhwā. There are various ways and different methods of meditation.What is the sign of progress in this? He says –

Paramanuparamahattvantosya vashiakaraha’’

paramanu = the minutest atom; parama = the greatest; mahattvaha = infinity; antaha = end; asya = in the yogi’s; vashikaraha = purview.

“Then the minutest atom, to the greatest and the infinite comes under your purview.”

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Then, the smaller than the smallest and bigger than the biggest comes within this purview of operation. Nature loves you and starts supporting you. From the atom, smaller than the smallest, to the bigger than the biggest, comes within the purview of your operation of life.

(This is part of a series of knowledge sheets based on Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's commentaries on Patanjali Yoga Sutras.)

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